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Sciatica- permanent nerve damage

lisllis Posts: 1
When I was 22 years old, I was at work and I bent over to pick up and move a case of floor tiles, which blew my lower back out and left me with Sciatica on my left side. Through the years (I'm 52 yrs old now), I've had flare ups along with lower back pain, and last Nov. 2014, I've been dealing with a MAJOR flare up.............I bent down to pick up a bathmat and blew my back out AGAIN and have been dealing with tremendous Sciatica pain. I just saw my spine specialist again last week and after looking at my MRI and X-rays of my lower back, I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease= 1 bulging disc, 1 small tumor on a facet joint, osteoarthritis, and sonyvial fluid leakage, and she told me I most likely have permanent nerve damage (sciatic nerve) since its from an old back injury. I just finished 12 weeks of physical therapy with another 4 weeks to go, with no relief from my pain, although it has diminished somewhat. I'm on Norco for pain, and have just received a prescription for a muscle relaxant, as well as Naproxen 500 mg for inflammation. In addition to PT, I also treat myself at home with an ice pack, heating pad, Tens Unit, and strength stretching exercises. My back isn't in bad enough condition to do surgery, and nothing can be done to fix my sciatica nerve issues, besides what I am already doing (PT).

My question is.................does anyone else out there also suffer from Sciatica permanent nerve damage and what have you been able to do for it in order to find relief from pain? My next appointment with my spine specialist is two months from now. Sometimes during my appointments with her, I feel rushed and don't get to ask all of my questions that I want to ask of her. I want to know what else can be done with this sciatica pain. Thank you in advance.

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